What you'll need: Popsicle sticks (aka craft sticks), hot glue gun*, piece of cloth for a flag, a pirate figurine (optional)
*We used a glue gun, but little explorers might want to use a safer adhesive gel glue or just craft / Elmer's glue. We actually purchased multi-color craft sticks because what's more fun than a rainbow boat? You could also of course use plain brown craft sticks, if that's what you have handy.
Start by creating your boat base with 10 popsicle sticks and lay them out vertically, no glue required yet.